A conversation with the dog

Hey Sam, come here. Let’s talk about homeopathy, boy!

I'm a what?!

Wait, what-e-op-othy?

Homeopathy, Sam.
ho·me·op·a·thyˌhōmēˈäpəTHē/ [noun]
the treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person or animal would produce symptoms of disease.

Uh, doesn’t sound like anything I’d be interested in or want to know more about.

Sure you do. You know that spot on your tail that hasn’t healed well over the past couple of weeks? I think you might benefit from a homeopathic remedy since you keep licking it raw.

I am not licking it. I’m…um…applying super healing dog saliva, yeah, that’s the ticket. Super healing dog saliva!

Oh good grief…well, it doesn’t seem to be working in any event so I thought we’d try something out of “Mom’s super homeopathic kit” to help you out. It’s that or a trip to the vet. Do you want to go to the vet>

Hmm, no! You do make a valid point there. Ok, tell me more about it, maybe I’ll warm up to the idea pay attention to what you’re saying. Is it magic fairy dust? I LOVE fairy dust!

Unlike drugs or fairy dust, homeopathic remedies use the original thing that started the problem. According to The Natural Canine, “homeopathy uses micro doses of natural substances, has no side-effects or interactions with pharmaceutical medications.” With homeopathy, the cure won’t be worse than the problem. Homeopathy principles date back to Hippocrates and even before him to ancient Hindus while modern day homeopathy was founded by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1810. It’s based on the law of similars whereby remedies containing minute amounts of natural substances stimulate the body’s defense mechanisms against specific imbalance. If given in large doses, they would produce the same symptoms. The healing power doesn’t actually come from the substances but from the energy released during the refinding process of shaking and dilution.

So you’re telling me something from your hocus-pocus bag will make me better? Nah, I don’t think so you’d better find me some magic fairy dust.

Oh Sam, you’re just being ridiculous irrational. Don’t you want relief from the itching that caused it? Personally I think you might have an allergy to some of the plants and grasses near Grandpa’s house. Remember how you were sniffing for bunnies and kept getting into the brush? After a thorough cleaning of the spot, I’ll apply an anti-allergy dose and you’ll begin to feel better in no time.

Oooh, yes, bunnies, Can we go see the bunnies again?  It would be nice not to have to chew on my tail 87 times a day. Is this something like the essential oils you use on my collar to keep ticks and other critters away? That stuff smells so interesting.

Yes, Sam, please focus-no bunnies right now. A few dabs of rose geranium essential oil is very successful for repelling ticks from dogs.

Ok, I’ll agree, but I still think I’d prefer the magic fairy dust.

Sigh. Wouldn’t we all like some fairy dust?

Next time, I’ll tell you what ingredients you should have around to create your own ‘hocus-pocus bag.’ Till then…

Live, love, bark! <3

29 thoughts on “A conversation with the dog

  1. I laughed at the title because well…because I know the conversations I have with my dogs. LOL

    I can’t wait to hear how this works out. I’d love to find a natural solution to Sampson’s paw licking.

  2. I used to see a vet who was a homeopath. I didn’t really see the benefits to the homeopathic treatments themselves (she was treating my dog for Cushing’s disease). But her use of supplements and nutritional support really did have a positive effect.

    I’ll be interested to read more about your experiences with Sam. I do suspect that homeopathy might be more effective for problems like allergies and sensitivities. But I do kinda get lost when I start reading about the dilutions and shaking. You’re right that it can sound like fairy dust to the uninitiated.

    1. You’re so right Pamela. Sometimes it does seem a bit hocus-pocus-y but if it works and there are no side-effects…color me happy. I’ll let you know how it goes and hopefully have good news to report on the follow up post. One thing I have noticed with homeopathy is it can take a bit longer probably due to the body reaching the right homeostasis to heal itself. Have a terrific weekend! 😉

  3. I try to stay out of the homeopathic vs heteropathic debate. I believe in personal choice, 🙂 Bad joke aside, there is a new book to be released October 1 that examines the role dogs are playing in the search for cures for cancer. I saw some parts of this book on and it looks like it will be very interesting and enjoyable despite a grim topic. It will be available on Kindle too from Amazon. Preview the release here:

  4. We’re totally on board with homeopathy, organics, etc. Medications are something we only use when absolutely necessary, otherwise we don’t like the toxins they contain and the dangers to our health that are even worse than whatever it is we’re battling. I hope it works for you, it’s a great alternative.

  5. magic fairy dust? that’s hard to find :o) we made good experiences with homeopathic treatments, often it worked better than the chemical bomb from the vet :o) have you tried vetericyn once? that’s like fairy dust, it even chased Easy’s allergies away… POTP for your tail Sam, hope it heals up soon :o)

  6. Ducky smokes magic fairy dust when we’re not around to stop her. That’s where she gets her crazies from. 🙂

    Looking forward to the hocus-pocus bag ingredients list!

  7. could you let me know the supplement you talked about earlier, the one that supports a dog getting the rabies vaccine? Cole is 13 and is being told he has to get the rabies vaccine. I’m worried. LeeAnna at leeannaquilts at gmail dot com

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